Inclusiveness is important
Football (or soccer) has been around for years and its popularity only continues to grow. There are a lot of reasons for this, one of the things being the simplicity of the game. The game is normally seen as a great equalizer, because no matter who you are, if you put enough effort in, you can become a good player. A lot of companies push their tech as things to aid you in this regard, but for many years all of this tech has failed to address the needs of a large player base: People with disabilities. Nike’s FlyEase tech has pushed to fix that problem.
For people without disabilities, it easy to assume that most players fit a certain profile, that is, someone without disabilities. But even just looking at the Paralympics shows that this isn’t the case. Heck, even just taking a look at the many forms the game takes around the world shows this to be a falsehood. Thus, the game should be doing more for groups of people to play the way that suits them best. With Nike releasing the new Phantom GT FlyEase, there is a positive step being taken to allow people with disabilities to be more included in the game.
Humans, for the most part, are fairly independent by nature. So, it’s understandable that people with disabilities don’t want pity but want to be able to live independently. Having a boot that can be put on with relative ease and tightened without the need for laces is massive step in the right direction. A simple act as getting your boots on without any help is a big positive for a lot of people.
My hope is that this is the beginning and that not only Nike push on a develop more tech like this, but also that other companies take notice and start developing their own product for players with disabilities. After all, we all just want to play the game.
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